Humility Is a Choice
By Rick Warren
— October 25, 2017
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:6 NLT).
When you’re successful, it’s much easier to fall hard than it is to maintain your success. We tend to get proud and forget about God, and success crumbles when we do that.
If you’ve found yourself in that situation, the first step to take is absolutely critical.
The Bible says, “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you” (Revelation 2:5a NIV).
If you’re getting proud, you must repent. That means you change your mind. You go from thinking one way about your life to thinking another way.
Why repent? Humility is a choice. We’re never told in Scripture to pray for God to make us humble. It’s something you choose for yourself.
The Bible says, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:6 NLT).
Humility is a choice.
Here’s the difference between pride and humility. Pride is when I accept the credit for things that God and other people did through me and for me. Humility doesn’t mean thinking of yourself less. It means thinking of others and God more.
If you have experienced some success and are beginning to get prideful, then repent — today! Change your perspective about who you are and where your success comes from.
The Bible says, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12 NIV).
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Talk It Over
- How have you seen pride cause problems for someone you care about?
- Do you seem overly susceptible to pride in certain areas of your life? Why do you think that’s the case?
- Prayerfully consider: Do you need to repent from pride in your life?
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